Dr. Mears, a native of Oakmont, attended Cornell University and subsequently the University of Cambridge to undertake a PhD in metallurgy. Afterwards, he undertook his medical degree at Oxford Medical School where he won the Brian Johnson Prize. In 1970, he returned to Pittsburgh as an orthopaedic resident and faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1989, he became Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Shadyside Hospital to supervise the rapid growth of the orthopaedic program. In 1996, Dr. Mears moved to the Albany Medical College, Albany, NY as Professor and Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery. There, he developed a minimally invasive total hip replacement technique using two incisions. In recent multi-centered clinical trials, most patients have been discharged home on the day of surgery or the next day.
Dr. Mears has earned many achievements throughout his professional career. He is the author of four orthopaedic books, and numerous publications and patents related to pelvic fractures and total joint replacement. He is a past winner of the Otto Aufranc Award by the Hip Society, the AO International Prize and the Pennal, and Judet Award for Outstanding International Pelvic Surgeon. He has been a consultant for the Food and Drug Administration and National Institutes of Health, as well as a member of the editorial board of multiple orthopaedic journals, and an Elite Reviewer for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Dr. Mears has been listed as one of the Best Medical Specialists in North America by Town and Country Magazine, and as one of the Best Doctors in America by Woodward/White. He was also featured in American Men of Science and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.
He resides in Fox Chapel with his wife, three of his six children live in Pittsburgh, and his son, Simon, is a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Arkansas in Littlerock.